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  • Podcast: in search of the Northern Lights

    Podcast: in search of the Northern Lights

    December 25th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    In our recent Reader Awards, we asked you to name the thing at the very top of your bucket list. The answer didn’t surprise us one bit. It was, resoundingly, to witness the Northern Lights. So for this season’s final episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere (iTunes; Soundcloud), our podcast host Greg Dickinson travelled to Finnish Lapland in a…

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  • 5 reasons why Seattle is a city on the up

    5 reasons why Seattle is a city on the up

    December 12th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    “Seattle has more cranes than any other city in America” wasn’t one of the most interesting facts delivered during my tour of the Emerald City. It being the home of Nirvana, Starbucks, the Pike Place Market and our favourite human Cranes (Frasier and Niles) seemed far more interesting to me. But these construction cranes –…

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  • Podcast: on the road with Rough Guides’ authors

    Podcast: on the road with Rough Guides’ authors

    November 29th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    At any one time, somewhere, there is a Rough Guides author on the road, crossing a country on a rickety bus, scribbling notes on the back of a receipt, or propping up a bar in a one-horse town. All in the name of making sure that the dogeared Rough Guide slotted in your backpack is…

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  • Podcast: the extraordinary life of Aboriginal storyteller Francis Firebrace

    Podcast: the extraordinary life of Aboriginal storyteller Francis Firebrace

    November 14th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    Cowboy, pirate, Aboriginal storyteller, artist, cultural educator, filmmaker, soft-porn photographer. Francis Firebrace, now 81, has certainly led an extraordinary life. In this episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere podcast (iTunes; Soundcloud), host Greg Dickinson chats with Francis, often labelled “the happiest man in the world”, in his Surrey home. During the conversation, Francis shares tales…

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  • Podcast: adventures with the Natural Navigator

    Podcast: adventures with the Natural Navigator

    November 7th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    In a world where we rely so heavily on GPS to get from A to B, it’s easy to tune out from the natural navigational clues that surround us. In this episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere (iTunes; Soundcloud), host Greg Dickinson travels to Barnham in West Sussex to meet up with Tristan Gooley, the…

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  • Podcast: how music gave a voice to a marginalised community

    Podcast: how music gave a voice to a marginalised community

    October 16th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    On the Tanzanian island of Ukerewe, and across sub-Saharan Africa, people with albinism are persecuted in devastating and unimaginable ways. In the summer of 2016, Grammy Award-winning producer Ian Brennan travelled to the island with the charity Standing Voice, armed with a load of microphones and musical instruments. People with albinism are not allowed to…

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  • Podcast: North Korea, behind the headlines

    Podcast: North Korea, behind the headlines

    October 2nd, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    It’s hard to get away from news about North Korea. Updates on the secretive state litter our social media feeds and newspaper splashes. But for a country that we talk about so much, very few of us have actually visited. So in this week’s episode of The Rough Guide to Everywhere (iTunes; Soundcloud), we turn our attention…

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  • Podcast: maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner

    Podcast: maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner

    September 18th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    The Rough Guide to Everywhere podcast is back. Today we are delighted to launch Series Two of The Rough Guide to Everywhere (iTunes; Soundcloud), with this special recording taken in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival. In previous episodes, we have travelled all around the world, from Patagonia to the Ukraine, via…

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  • 8 things you didn’t know you could do in London

    8 things you didn’t know you could do in London

    September 12th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    You’ve stood at the railings of Buckingham Palace, squinting to see if you can glimpse an elderly woman through the windows. You’ve taken a selfie with a Beefeater at the Tower of London. Heck, you probably found yourself embroiled in a staring contest with a human statue in Covent Garden. London is built for tourists…

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  • On the fringes of Edinburgh: 8 ways to explore the city’s quirky side

    On the fringes of Edinburgh: 8 ways to explore the city’s quirky side

    August 30th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    During August, all rules and social conventions are put to one side when Edinburgh hosts the world’s biggest arts festival. Actors perform improvised soliloquies on the Royal Mile – often on stilts, and maybe smothered in something – while this year one troop of comedians took it upon themselves to perform part of their show…

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  • Why Bristol is the coolest city in Britain

    Why Bristol is the coolest city in Britain

    July 13th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    Earlier this year a deafening “clink” of cider glasses reverberated around Bristol when the city was voted as Rough Guides’ Top UK City of 2017, shrugging off London, Oxford and Edinburgh for the top spot in the list. It wasn’t a hard decision. The city’s first-rate nightlife, thriving creative and tech industries and proximity to the…

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  • Meditations in the Med: an alternative Tour de France

    Meditations in the Med: an alternative Tour de France

    July 12th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    With the Tour de France in full swing, Rough Guides' Greg Dickinson embarked on his own two-wheeled adventure through the country. Here's what he discovered.

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